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John Garcia, former Ohio State Representative and Golden Gloves boxer, passed away 10 years ago, but his reach from the grave is still felt by Ohio’s criminal gangs.

In 1998, Garcia was living on Albert Street in East Toledo. His neighborhood, like others in the city, was scarred with gang graffiti and drug abuse and violence were common, so much so the Toledo Police Department created a gang task force. Toledo was just one city in a state ranked fourth in the country with an estimated 17,000 criminal gang members, according to the National Youth Gang Center. Today, it’s worse. According to the FBI, there are 33,000 gangs and 1.4 million gang members in the United States, 135 of those gangs operate in Ohio.

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A Lake Township police sergeant will be suspended from duty without pay for being intoxicated while off duty.

Police Chief Mark Hummer imposed the disciplinary measure Thursday after meeting with Sgt. Scott Sims, who was driven home from his brother’s wedding reception last month by two members of the township’s volunteer fire department after they became concerned he was unable to drive safely.

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A survey of asbestos in the Woodville Mall, which would be an initial step in the demolition process of the deteriorating retail structure, is being scheduled for this week according to the mall’s former general manager.

Juanita Jones, who’s told Northwood city officials she is representing the new owner of the mall for the demolition, said she’s received bids from two companies for demolishing the mall and was expecting a third bid this week.

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Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal to cut taxes on businesses and to expand the sales tax base presents a quandary for business organizations which can see benefits as well as disadvantages for their members.

House Bill 59 lowers the rate of the state sales tax from 5.5 percent to 5 percent while expanding the state tax base to include most sales of services.

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A resolution to proceed with the annexation of a parcel of land owned by the Woodmore School District has been approved by the board of education.

The board is seeking to have the parcel annexed to the Village of Woodville, said Kevin Slates, district treasurer.

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$15 Hourly wage

The "Fight for $15" campaign proposes a $15/hour wage for fast food workers. Do you agree?
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